Farmer in the City





Location:  El Cerrito, CA

Day Job:  Firefighter

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers

Crops:  Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chile Peppers, Collards, Corn, Cucumbers, Kale, Lavender, Lettuce, Melons, Pears, Potatoes, Rosemary, Squash, Strawberries, Tomatoes

Animals:  Cats, Dogs

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  Backyard gardening gives me a vote on where my families food comes from and how far it travels to get there. A feeling of accomplishment and pride grow with every crop. The knowledge that each vegetable was grown naturally, without chemical fertilizer or pesticides reassures us that our food doesn't need time to prove its safety because it's grown the way that it always has been grown- naturally as part of a natural cycle. It is easier to relax after working a day in the garden, in the dirt and sun among the flowers and fruits blooming around us as a part of our environment.

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  • Posted by: Dante on August 30th, 2015 at 06:08 pm

    I knew of Cerritos, CA but not El Cerrito.

    Congratulations for being Farmer-of-the-Day!

  • Posted by: Wong88 on August 30th, 2015 at 04:46 pm

    Best Wishes to the Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: The folks who live on the hill on August 30th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Love your photo, too. We swear these could be siblings of our lab/chow mix Ella and rescue cat Winter...
    Ditto 100% on "why you get dirty".
    Added a picture of Ella & Winter on our profile...8-31

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  • Posted by: Minks Lodge Farm on March 22nd, 2011 at 03:12 pm

    Great "Why I'm Getting Dirty" statement.

  • Posted by: Green Desert on September 14th, 2010 at 01:36 pm

    Congratulations on Farmer of the Day! I especially agree with your philosophy of the distance our food travels before we eat it. Great photo, too.

  • Posted by: Carl on September 14th, 2010 at 07:47 am

    congrats on Farmer of the day.

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on September 13th, 2010 at 04:53 pm

    I'm glad to hear that you are taking a stand on where you food comes from and how it's grown. It does just feel good when food grown in a garden from the back yard comes to the table doesn't it?

  • Posted by: animal lover on July 12th, 2010 at 02:05 pm

    Awesome! Love your beautiful photo. You sound very down to earth. :)

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